A Divisional High Court in Kogi State has sentenced a former Commissioner for Agriculture in the state, Zacchaeus Atte, to 19 years in prison for stealing N19 million.
Justice J.J Majebi found Mr Atte guilty on seven out of the 11 counts of the charges against him, according to a statement by the ICPC on Friday.
The ICPC said the former commissioner misappropriated funds meant for “the raising and distribution of Oil Palm Sprouted Nuts Seedlings” to cocoa farmers in Kogi State.
It added that his offence is contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 (ICPC Act).
Read Full Statement
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has secured the conviction of Zachaeus Atte, a former Commissioner for Agriculture in Kogi State, North-Central Nigeria.
Mr Atte was convicted on corruption charges by a Kogi State High Court sitting in Okene, Kogi State and presided over by Hon. Justice J.J Majebi. He was found guilty on 7 out of the 11 counts of the charge preferred against him by ICPC.
The convict who is to serve a total of 19 years jail term, was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment each on counts 1 and 3 without an option of fine, for collecting the sum of =N=11,937,000:00 and =N=8,873,766:85K respectively, being money meant for “the raising and distribution of Oil Palm Sprouted Nuts Seedlings” to cocoa farmers in Kogi State but did not raise nor distribute same. This is an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 (ICPC Act).
He was also sentenced on count 2 to five years imprisonment without an option of fine, “for receiving the sum of =N=350,000:00 being amount earmarked to defray the transportation costs of the farmers during the cocoa seedlings distribution exercise” but failed to do so. This is also an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the ICPC Act.
The former Commissioner was further sentenced to one-year imprisonment each on counts 8 to 11 for “spending from the sum of =N=2,849,953:75K being the amount earmarked for the purchase of office equipment on what he called Statewide Sensitization Tour; visit to Lagos from Lokoja on issues of Power Tiller; and Video Coverage” contrary to and punishable under section 22(5) of the ICPC Act.
While reading his judgment, the trial judge justified the conviction of the defendant by noting that the ICPC Legal team comprising Late Suberu Enebere Esq., Okey Golden Iwuagu Esq., and Peace Arocha Esq. (Mrs.) had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.
Metro Plus1 day ago
Wife, children of deposed Emir Sanusi arrive Awe
Breaking News1 day ago
BREAKING: El-Rufai gives Sanusi another appointment, makes him Chancellor of Kaduna Varsity
News6 hours ago
We want sex, Kenya female prisoners beg officials
News13 hours ago
Bayero University Ex-lecturer, Jubril reveals actual reason Ganduje dethroned Sanusi
Education1 day ago
Ede Poly Appoints New Registrar, Others
Sport1 hour ago
Coronavirus: Fear as Nigerian striker, Kelechi Iheanacho is among Leicester City Players showing symptoms
News1 day ago
Kano: I didn’t send Sanusi away, Ganduje breaks silence
Metro Plus2 days ago
Ganduje vs Sanusi: Kano gov has no right to detain Emir – Apostle Johnson Suleman